I've been patiently waiting to share this block with you because it's one of my favourites this year.
The inspiration behind "welcome to my home" was my best friend, Heather, though she had no idea at all.
A highlight each few weeks is driving north to visit her tropical hideaway and spending the day totally relaxed in her company - sewing, laughing, discussing life concerns, sharing recipes, enjoying cake, coffee and simple lunches - knowing without doubt that I am "welcome" and our friendship is cherished.
I can count my true friends on one hand, so being welcomed into Heather's life and home is a gift I value greatly.
Perhaps you have a special friend you could stitch this block for? Add some fabric borders, or place it in the centre of a patchwork block, and you could finish it as a sweet pillow. Wouldn't that be a beautiful "just because" gift?
Here's a few helps and ideas as you plan the pieces of block 11...
Download this free pattern here in my shop.
It will be free until December 4th, after which it will become a $2 purchase.
Yesterday was the first time in 6 weeks Heather and I had been able to catch up so our time together was extra special with plenty of news to share, things to show, and ideas to bounce off each other.
Over the past year or so she has been spreading a wonderfully calm blue/white/cream palette through the kitchen and dining area. When you're in that area of her home the sense of 'rest and relaxation' is quite tangible - her entire home is restful actually, but visually, the blue & white colour scheme she is creating has a profound effect on the senses.
Gradually I have seen small vignettes appear here and there, some things she has made, others collected, but they come together beautifully...
Simple but life giving words to take in each day, stitched and displayed so they're not forgotten...
Everything about Heather's house says "welcome to my home".
That's what I'd like my home to say as the door swings wide to a visitor.
Something to think about over the end of year break.
have a blessed weekend,